Now into its 5th year, the NZ Woodwind Competitions continue to go from strength to strength. We would like to welcome as in the past entrants from all over NZ as well as Australia. I am looking forward to catching up with past participants meeting new ones and hearing you all once again showcasing your amazing talents!
There have been a few changes to past years:
•This year, Westlake Girls Music Department is very generously providing their wonderful facilities to host the event.
•We continue to have the Individual Category Classes but we have combined the Primary and Intermediate Classes and are now no longer offering the Post Graduate Class.
•Flute Focus is sponsoring 1st,2nd & 3rd cash prizes for each class, totalling $6,125, and SOUNZ are providing prizes for the Best Performance of a NZ Work.
•The North Shore Youth Orchestra is continuing to provide a Concerto opportunity for the Primary/Intermediate Class 1st Place winner, and we are still negotiating a Concerto opportunity for the Secondary Class - so watch this space…..
•Another innovation - we have introduced the Duet Category (any combination of woodwinds) in each Class in which competitors will have the opportunity to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. We hope that many of you will consider getting together with a friend and have some fun performing some of your favourite pieces!
•David Hamilton once again has been commissioned by Flute Focus and sponsored by Westlake Girls High School to compose a piece especially for the Competitions, this year titled Cross Winds. This new piece is for massed woodwinds and we will perform the World Premiere at the Prize Giving Concert. Cross Winds caters for all levels and abilities and we hope that all competitors will participate
My sincere thanks to the many supporters of the 2012 Competitions, who together make it possible to present this amazing opportunity fostering the art of performing on Woodwinds
All the best with your preparations, please spread the word to others, and put the dates 14-16 September in your diaries. And especially please don’t forget to read the rules so you are fully informed of all the requirements and conditions so you get the most out of your Competitions!
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My sincere thanks to all those who have been instrumental in helping make the NZ Woodwind Competitions the great success they have been over the past years and to those whose support have made it possible to continue this worthwhile event. This year our generous supporters are:
Here's to another stunning event!
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